Word is SAM's Club in West Ellicott will be among stores closing...
A members-only bulk sales store that's been part of the retail landscape in West Ellicott the past two decades is reportedly closing it's doors at the end of the month. Media One Group News has learned through several sources at the SAM's Club store at 720 Fairmount Ave. will be closing on Friday, Jan. 26. Rumors began circulating earlier this morning when the store abruptly closed for the day. A flyer in the door said the store would be reopening tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Some employees referred to it as a "going out of business" sale. However... the store manager would not comment on that... and, directed us to SAM's Club headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas. One year ago... parent Wal-Mart Corporation announced the closing of more than 100 stores... including some SAM's Clubs... over the next year.
SAM's Club has been a major property taxpayer in both the town of Ellicott and village of Celoron. But... today's news has caught town and village officials by surprise. We do have calls into Elicott Town Supervisor Pat McLaughlin, and Celoron Mayor Scot Screckengost.